About the book:
>OPEN HISTORY_ is intended to delimit an interdisciplinary field of research between computer science, media studies, linguistics, history, museum studies and museum education. Early microcomputers of the 1970s and 1980s form 'the media' for this, because they can be used to show where common scientific interests of these disciplines might exist. However, this requires a specific method, computer archaeology, which presents itself as a research method between a critical historiography, media archaeology and informatics analysis of digital media technologies in the past and present and demands new ways of writing computer history. Detailed technical facts are taken into account as well as the fact that operative computers consistently evade attempts at historisation. The subject of this analysis is retrocomputing, in which early microcomputers are collected by hobbyists, repaired, expanded and researched in their technical and historical facets. With its own projects, realised within academic courses and with hobbyists, >OPEN HISTORY_ presents archaeological research as hands-on theory development and computer science didactics.
About the author:
Stefan Höltgen studied German, philosophy and sociology in Jena and received his doctorate in Bonn with a thesis in media studies. He is currently working as a media scientist at the Humboldt University in Berlin, where he is researching the archaeology of early microcomputers and developing his second doctoral thesis in computer science.